The Slay is Real: See 10 of Tyra Banks' Fiercest Looks

From beginning her modeling career at 12 to becoming a new mom (to son York) in January, Tyra Banks 42, has been giving us life for three decades. And after 16 seasons of America's Next Top Model and countless catwalks, the one-woman brand—who will be working the ESSENCE Empowerment Experience Stage at ESSENCE Festival in New Orleans June 30-July 3—is now winning in the business world with a beauty line, books and more. But once a supermodel, always a supermodel, so let's look back on 10 of her fiercest looks.

Gia Peppers Apr, 04, 2016

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This year, Tyra Banks tried out a whole new style with these fierce faux locs.  She posted the photo to her Instagram, and her followers loved it. We do, too!

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Dangerous curves ahead: Tyra Banks flaunts her shapely figure in this body-hugging dress.

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When Tyra Banks welcomed her new son into her family, she posted this gorgeous, makeup-free photo online.  Though she looks completely fabulous, little York is the star of this photo.

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Tyra Banks' next book should be How to Pose for Any Photo because even in this shoot on someone's phone, the business mogul rocks—pink hair and all.

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Simply stunning! This supermodel looks effortlessly chic and cool wearing comfortable boyfriend jeans. 

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Tyra Banks attended America's Next Top Model Cycle 22 premiere party in a hot red dress and a short new 'do.  With her blonde highlights and beautiful curves on display, she killed this red-carpet look.

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In this 2007 photo taken in the Bahamas, Tyra Banks re-created her 1998 Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue cover, on which she was the first black model to appear alone.

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